Jimmy's Outdoor Kitchen, Darwin, Northern Territory
From fishing to foraging, source fresh produce straight from the source in the Northern Territory.
Northern Territory tourism operators are showcasing how you can pick, catch and cook your own, hand-selected Australian produce for a fresh, unforgettable local food experience.
Catching or harvesting your own produce is a chance to connect with the origins of our food. For serious foodies it’s also an opportunity to discover the best ways to prepare produce and explore some of Australia’s most dramatic and fertile landscapes.
Known for their distinct and sweet flavour, mud crabs can be found in the warm waters of the Northern Territory (also known as the Top End) from May to September. Just like Jason Godfrey from Savour Australia, catch this famous crustacean delicacy for yourself with Darwin Barra & Crab. Jason also had the unique opportunity to have his crab cooked by Jimmy Shu, chef and owner of Hanuman.
“While checking out the food scene in Darwin, I met with Jimmy Shu, owner of Hanuman, one of the city’s most awarded restaurants. According to Jimmy, Darwin is a melting pot of so many cultures and is the best place to start if you’re looking for something authentic and ethnic.”
Try: Venture North’s five day Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula tour teaches you to hunt mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods.
The mighty saltwater barramundi is a Northern Territory icon, prized the world over for its exhilarating fight, strong runs and enormous leaps out of the water. Join one of the many fishing tours in the Top End and catch yourself a barramundi under the watchful eye of an experienced guide. That night, have it prepared by your hotel chef or cook it yourself.
Try: Fish for your own barramundi then cook it up for a fresh seafood meal at Arnhemland Barra Fishing Lodge located on the far north coast; Bamurru Plains is an exclusive ‘bush luxury’ safari camp located on Swim Creek Station, one of the best spots in the country to catch a barramundi.
While many anglers make the journey to the remote Tiwi Islands to chase the mighty barramundi, there are other species in the area including blue salmon, saratoga, mangrove jacks and estuary cod. Get off-shore to where the waters are filled with another fighting fish, queenfish, as well as jewfish and snapper. The islands are a scenic 30-minute flight from Darwin.
Try: Tiwi Islands Adventures offers high-quality catch and release fishing adventures across their three properties, Melville Island Lodge, the Johnson River Camp and Bathurst Island Lodge.
Foraging for bush tucker
There are many Indigenous experiences on offer in the Northern Territory that feature a bush tucker component. These experiences also convey the importance of traditional bush food, where it comes from and offers the opportunity to sample the food for yourself.
Try: SEIT Outback Australia’s Bush Tucker and Reptiles tour lets you grind native seeds and try your hand at spear throwing; on Northern Territory Indigenous Tours’ three day Litchfield and Kakadu your guide will show you seasonal bush foods and medicines used by local Aboriginal people for thousands of years.